Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin Recipe
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Pumpkin Mousse in a Pumpkin Recipe

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Rich and creamy, this mousse is a real showstopper when served in a hollowed-out pumpkin. The presentation is sure to impress. —Taste of Home Cooking School
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium pie pumpkin (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/3 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  1. Cut top off pumpkin; scoop out and discard seeds. In small bowl, combine sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle inside of pumpkin. Replace pumpkin top. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crisp-tender. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, microwave vanilla chips with milk at 70% power; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, orange peel, reserved melted chips and remaining cinnamon. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into pie pumpkin.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor’s Note: The sugar pumpkin is not fully cooked so that it holds its color and shape. It is used as a serving bowl for the mousse and it not meant to be eaten.
Originally published as Pumpkin Mousse in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Fall 2009, p70

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Bowencj User ID: 7517327 233051
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"So, you only scoop out the seeds and leave the pumpkin to bake in the oven?"

TBmswain User ID: 7377118 182088
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This is awesome! I took this to a birthday social and everyone raved over it. I will make this again."

pattyamoore User ID: 4228909 144459
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"Easy and quick to make. It can be used in many ways such as a pie filling, filling in cup cakes, or just by itself."

pattyamoore User ID: 4228909 114376
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"easy and quick to make. It can be used in many ways such as a pie filling, filling in cup cakes, or just by itself as meant to be."

cellocookie User ID: 6884222 210842
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"I didn't bother with the hallowed pumpkin, just made the mousse. For someone who doesn't like pumpkin pie, or anything else that has that squashy texture, the fact that I liked this and will most likely make again speaks volumes. I actually added a little more pumpkin than the recipe calls for...I didn't want to waste the 3 tablespoons extra I had. Thank you for the recipe! I finally have something pumpkin-y to make for the holidays!!"

robinp31687 User ID: 4495581 114371
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"@kkj1259 and everybody else whose filling is like water...make sure to FOLD the whipped topping in. If you stir it in, it will be thin."

VocalEdge User ID: 6277074 210841
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"This is a huge hit. People always talk about it and remember it. Preparing the pumpkin is time-consuming, but it's so pretty and fun. My dog just ate my old issue from a few years ago with this recipe. So I just got online to see if I could find it and now I'm a member lol."

kkj1259 User ID: 6105339 164583
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"my filling is like water, is there a way to thicken it!"

kaylab5 User ID: 5299181 183584
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This is my favorite fall recipe! I sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top. Great recipe!"

lildebbie94 User ID: 2609337 185485
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"I make something new each year for our Thanksgiving meal, and this was it last year. I have gotten several requests to make it again!! Its so simple and delicious."

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